This sounds like a very ambitious project. Since most of the clips you
anticipate using come from Hollywood studio productions you will have to
contact each copyright holder and negotiate. There is no clearinghouse-type
situation. I'm sure you're aware of the expense involved (to the tune of
several thousand dollars per minute used). My advice is to hire someone who
does copyright clearance work initially as a consultant and see where you
go with it.
I hope one of the first things you do in the documentary is to make the
distinction between people who work in a library in various jobs, and
librarians. Just like all people working in a hospital are not doctors, all
people working in a library are not necessarily librarians, even though
that tends to be the general perception. People don't appear to confuse
doctors with hospital support staff, but they do not differentiate between
librarians and library support staff. I wonder what sort of response Jay
Leno would get about what the Librarian of Congress does if he were to ask
people on Melrose Avenue or Universal Studios. Probably that "she" checks
and stamps books out.
Good luck on your project.
At 11:27 AM 8/20/01 -0700, you wrote:
>I have been lurking for several weeks and I must say how impressed I am with
>this list's fluency, competence and general approachability.
>My name is Ann Seidl and I'm a library consultant in Tallahassee, Florida.
>I've been doing statistics, research, evaluation projects and staff training
>for libraries since I became a consultant two years ago (prior to that I was
>with the Colorado State Library). One of my avocations has always been
>film, and for the past several years I have often thought that someone ought
>to make a piece about librarians in the movies - everything from Marion the
>Librarian to Parker Posey as Party Girl. Every time I watched a scene with
>a library or librarian in it, I would think, "See, that would be a great
>addition." As I am sure this group knows, Martin Raish has an amazing
>filmography on this subject at
>http://www.lib.byu.edu/dept/libsci/films/introduction.html) which was like
>finding buried treasure.
>Well, call it what you will (I vacillate between bravery, audacity,
>arrogance and stupidity), but when the 21st century (truly) began in
>January, I decided to stop wishing and to make the thing myself. Its
>working title is _The Hollywood Librarian_. We've put together a team of
>great people (executive summary, brief bio's and film treatment can be
>viewed at my web site www.du.edu/~aseidl) and we are in the initial stages
>of fundraising, with the potential of million(s?) to be paid for rights to
>Negotiating the film rights is down the road aways, as we haven't even
>written the script yet. But what's happening now is that I am being invited
>to speak at various library associations and functions, and I want to show
>some of my favorite film clips (i.e. Pleasantville, Party Girl,
>Philadelphia, Desk Set, etc.)
>So how do I get permission to show these clips? Is there a site with all
>the permission-granters, or a good place to start? I've found something
>called "temporary public performance rights" - what does this mean?
>Please accept my deep appreciation in advance for any advice you have.
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